Rastafari movement


Entry: a religious movement that reveres Haile Selassie I, the former emperor of Ethiopia, as King of Kings, Lord of Lords and the Lion of Judah. The movement emerged in Jamaica among working-class and peasant black people in the early 1930's, arising from an interpretation of Biblical prophecy, black social and political aspirations, and the teachings of their prophet, Jamaican Pan Africanist and UNIA organiser Marcus Garvey, whose political and cultural vision helped inspire a new world view. It is sometimes called "Rastafarianism"; however, this is considered improper and offensive by the Rastas themselves.



@ Milton-Kindersley Advanced Dictionary